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Asbestos Blocked for 6th Time from Hazardous Substances List

View the original article and sources at asbestos.com The fight to impose tough trade restrictions on chrysotile asbestos — a toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma cancer and other serious health conditions — will have to wait at least another two years. For the sixth consecutive time, a handful of countries blocked the inclusion of the

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Asbestos: from miracle material to malefactor

Strong, fireproof, soundproof and an excellent insulator against heat and electrical current — at the end of the 19th century, asbestos had all the makings of a miracle construction material. By the beginning of the 21st, its reputation had fallen to that of a carcinogen and toxic substance. Cancer research group CAREX Canada estimates that

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Asbestos Hazardous If Ingested

The following article is a snippet from an article sourced from Microanalysis Australia. Visit microanalysis.com.au to read the full story and for sources. Asbestos – Definitely Not Dietary Fibre If ingesting asbestos is potentially carcinogenic – and all of our old water pipes are made of asbestos cement resulting in high levels of asbestos in our drinking

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Clear disregard for the safety of workers and others

Sub-optimal demolition work of three residential buildings placed workers and neighbours at significant risk of asbestos exposure and landed the home owner with a large clean-up bill. The dangers of asbestos have long been recognised which is why the extensive failings of P&M Demolition Specialists Ltd and its sole Director, Jade Ngaha, are so disturbing.

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Govt grant to deal with earthquake waste

A Government grant of $2.6 million is to be provided to the Hurunui and Kaikōura districts to repair waste facilities, recycle earthquake debris and manage hazardous waste, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today in Waiau. “An important part of the earthquake recovery is the careful management of the thousands of tonnes of additional waste,

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Update on progress of standard for testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties

The committee developing NZS 8510 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties met again on 21 March 2017. As a result of the number and nature of public comments on the draft standard, and the time needed for the committee to consider them and determine if any changes are needed to the standard, the planned publication

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What Kinds of Asbestos Exposure Are There?

The three main types of asbestos exposure are: Occupational Environmental Secondary (second hand) Second-hand exposure occurs when the primary person exposed to asbestos at work brings home asbestos fibers on their clothing or other equipment, exposing their children and spouse. Occupational asbestos exposure is when someone is exposed to asbestos at work. Occupational exposure occurred

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What is Asbestos Exposure?

Asbestos exposure occurs when people come into contact with asbestos fibers. The most common type of exposure to asbestos is from inhalation of white asbestos powder. Asbestos, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has caused more harm to public health than any other toxic substance. Nearly 28 million people were exposed

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Tauranga’s P problem ‘bigger than Rena’

Tauranga’s methamphetamine problem is spiralling into an issue bigger than the Rena disaster, school parents have been told. More than 300 Bay parents gathered at a local high school on Tuesday night to talk about the region’s growing methamphetamine crisis and how it is impacting school-aged children. They listened to a panel of experts including

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Govt grant to deal with earthquake waste facilities

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 3:21 pm Press Release: New Zealand Government Hon Dr Nick Smith Minister for the Environment 11 April 2017 Media Statement Govt grant to deal with earthquake waste A Government grant of $2.6 million is to be provided to the Hurunui and Kaikōura districts to repair waste facilities, recycle earthquake debris and

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